I’ve been really involved in the process of this shoe since the beginning, almost two years ago. Two years is a long time. A lot of people have been talking about the shoe and anticipating it for a long time. I definitely felt the pressure. I’ve heard some feedback along the way from the guys who wear-tested it for a while, and I’d always ask them every question possible, like, “Are you sure it’s okay? Are you sure don’t feel like this about it?” The responses were always good, but I wanted to be sure.
At the end of the day, I’m a skateboarder. Skateboarding is my job. A lot of people don’t think about it that way — and it’s the best job to possibly have — but it’s still a job. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty used to being watched, to being on camera. And for every contest and competition, I just want to go out there and do my best. Working on this shoe was no different.